No, This was not a trip to United kingdom. This was a trip to Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. This story is about the amazing dangerous adventures we had while we explored the beauty of Karnataka .
If you are looking for an ideal plan or tips for your itinerary, this will totally not help you but do check out the places.
This happened when we were in 4th year of engineering. As usual the trip plan went through so many iterations, from Engineer's mecca (Goa) to Gokarna to what not and finally decided on UK. So for people who don't know, UK and the Malnad region, looks lovely during monsoon filled with greenery everywhere and there also exists many beautiful waterfalls located deep inside and known only to few. We plotted the places, wrote down the itinerary, booked stays, and booked 2 zoom cars. Everything set !
The day arrived, we took the cars aaand got stuck in Bangalore traffic. By the time we reached outside Bangalore we were 3 hours late of our itinerary.
So as per the plan, we are supposed to reach a place called Sagara and stay there for the night and in early morning visit Jog falls and from there to continue the journey. The roads are bit narrow and in the night times need to be a bit extra careful as there are lots of lorries on the way. Since we were 3 hours late and also due to the monsoon rains we had to drive a bit late at night to catch up with our itinerary.
After a quick stop for dinner we headed back on the tracks. Few kms down from there and a drunk guy comes and hits our first car. Terrified with the scene, the first car people made an instantaneous decision and fled away. Being equally shocked to see the scene from behind we guys decided that if anyone asks, we have no idea about the people in first car and we got down to check what had happened to that person. Luckily the drunk guy was perfectly fine with no damage what so ever except the mumbling in drunkenness. As we moved forward to catch up with the other car, the driver was fumbling with fear thinking that he had killed a person. After explaining everything and consoling the driver, we moved forward.
The time was almost 1:00 AM in the night and we still had 70Kms or so to reach our destination. All of a sudden the first car drifted to make a turn, instead it turned all the way to the backwards sliding in its speed toppled to its side on the road end. Luckily everyone in the car were safe. This situations where there’s no one else on the road, no network on our mobile phone and no help what so ever. We used the other car went back some 20 Kms to find a lorry who could help us to pull the car back on roads . After 1 hour of lots of trials and lots of drama the lorry driver along with some local people helped us to get the car back on track. The car top was bent, front glass was shattered and the doors were jammed. As per the zoom car customer care, we had no other options but to drop the car in the service center which was 30KM back. So 2 of them rode the jammed car with the shattered glass back to the service center and returned back in morning, while the rest of us, shit scared, made it to the destination in 30KM/Hr in the second car.
So much for the itinerary.
So we wake up late tomorrow morning and decided to forget everything and to enjoy the rest of the days. One problem, there’s only one car now ! So we decided that we’ll ditch the itinerary, we’ll try to cover some places we had planned , some in car and some in bus.